Analyzing Your Sleep Patterns: Let’s Decode the Snooze
Your sleep pattern says a lot about you. How you sleep, when you sleep, where you sleep and why you sleep; each of these is factors in assessing your overall health and wellness. You probably already know this, but just as important as the quantity of sleep is the quality of it or even more so. Since this is not a post that is going to lecture you on the importance of sleep, let us push these boring bits aside and find out exactly what kind of a sleeper you are and what it says about you.
Here are five kinds of sleepers we all know about; do tell us which one is you!
The snorer…. grr. There’s always a snorer. Everywhere. And if you don’t know who that is in your group, it’s most probably you. It is a common misconception that snorers enjoy a deep and fulfilling sleep with their trains chugging away in every street of dreamland. However, this is far from true. Snoring is more often than not, a sign of the inadequate quality of sleep. The act of snoring indicates difficulties in the airways that is preventing a seamless exchange of oxygen. Snoring occurs as a result of fatigue as well, often seen to occur in those who have been partying rather hard the previous evening and so on. Snorers need to be on the lookout for health conditions such as sleep apnoea, which means lack of enough oxygen inhaled during sleep.
That wonderful feeling of sleeping for just five more minutes every morning…there’s nothing that quite compares to it. However, it is said that those who wish to enjoy a beautiful and productive day ahead should absolutely not hit that snooze button whatsoever. Before you shrug ‘whatever’, you should consider something known as our sleep cycles.
Our sleep pattern is present in various cycles, lasting anywhere between 75 to 90 minutes. Following this, the cycle restarts and we fall back into healthy REM sleep, again, for 75 to 90 minutes. Lucky are those who wake up on their own before the alarm bell rings, but unwise are those who see that they have fifteen minutes left and go back to sleep. Because our body’s sleep cycle regenerates itself after each. A healthy person, who sleeps well, catches about 3-4 such cycles every night. Each cycle leaves the brain, mind, and body with a sense of fulfillment that is met at the end of these cycles. When someone naturally wakes up, it is usually when one such cycle is completed. Hence when we hit that snooze button, our brain tends to restart this pattern and breaking it and waking up midcycle is actually the reason why you have these Monday morning blues. No matter how long you slept for, waking up during a sleep cycle always takes its toll on your mental wellness.
Another guilty pleasure we all tend to indulge in. Have you ever wondered why we do this though? Well, Nutella is indeed rather delicious, but there’s more to it than that. Frequent hunger pangs are a sign of something a bit more sinister than harmless and often trivialized ‘midnight snacking’.
Type Two Diabetes is an alarmingly widespread disease that presents with increased appetite, thirst and urination as its most prominent symptoms. Diabetes is dangerous enough to kill you. If you are among those who often wake up around 3-4 am everyday craving a few bites, then you need to get yourself checked. Following a good dinner, your body in its ideal state should not be craving for more food to go by. Especially not wake you up to eat.
Are you the kind of person who falls asleep right when you crash on the bed, irrespective of whether it is a long day or just a casual weekend? If this sounds like you, then you probably are feeling way more exhausted than you should on a daily basis. Get yourself checked out for anemia and other diseases like hyperthyroidism that could be causing you to fall asleep way too often. The people who fall asleep in the snap of a finger, sleep for over six hours soundly and wake up still feeling exhausted should especially be worried.
Are you someone who practically goes into a complete dance routine when you are tucked into bed and fast asleep? Well, you wouldn’t know, but others surely would complain. And if you sleep alone, try to remember which side of the bed you fell asleep in. While those who crawl and kick in bed can annoy others sharing the bed, this habit (thankfully) is rather harmless to the person themselves. These people could just be experiencing super vivid dreams that they are living out. If this is more frequent than it seems normal to you, it is worth taking the opinion of a sleep specialist and exploring the possibility of anxiety or stress, especially in youngsters.
So, tell us in the comments below, which kind of a sleeper are you?
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